Chinese ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai addresses the 2016 New Year Celebration Gala Dinner of the China General Chamber of Commerce – USA in New York, Jan 19, 2016. Clearly upset with the doom-and-gloom views in the West about his country’s economy, Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador...
Author: Pawan Kumar Sen, Leiden University Nepal was constituted as a secular state after the endorsement of the Interim Constitution in January 2007, which was formally ratified in May 2008. The declaration of secularism was taken as a major contribution to the modernisation of a ‘New Nepal’ by religious minorities...
Author: Andrew Harding, NUS As it tussles with multiple crises of political legitimacy and governance, Malaysia has reached a decisive point in its more than half-century history as an independent nation. What started as a shocking but not exceptional scandal has turned into a political crisis of unprecedented proportions. This...
Author: Hyung-a Kim, ANU In South Korea 410,000 young people in their 20s are looking for work and unemployed. This is up from 330,000 in 2013 and is a 15-year high. But this deepening societal crisis should come as little surprise. Following the Asian financial crisis of 1997–98, the IMF bailout...
Author: Stephen Olson, Hinrich Foundation The verdict on China’s recent currency devaluations differs depending on who you listen to. To some, the devaluations are either a positive and responsible step in the direction of a more market-determined exchange rate and a liberalised financial system. To others, they are potentially destructive,...
Authors: Matthew J Walton, Melyn McKay and Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi, University of Oxford In mid-August 2015 Myanmar’s parliament passed the final two of four controversial religious protection laws. The bills have now been signed into law by President Thein Sein, joining the Interfaith Marriage Law and Population Control...